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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aug 16, 2019 | Christians, compassion, eternal life, Gospel, heaven, hell, Jesus, Mass readings, purgatory, reflections, Sacraments
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1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9
Resp. Psalm Psalm 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Today's readings have to do with how we can be blessed. It may not seem apparent at first in the Gospel but a warning is a sign of compassion. If you do this you may end up in a worse state than you are in now or even end up dead; dead in your sins. Jesus tells us how to avoid this.
Jesus gives a few examples but basically He is saying if you know judgement is coming at the end of your life then behave yourself because how you live your life will determine your place for eternity.
Why the difference in the intensity of the beatings? This would seem to be a reference to purgatory and hell. Purgatory being the lighter beating since it is temporary with Heaven coming at the end and hell being the severe beating.
The ones who have been given much are those who call themselves Christian while those of us who have been given even more are those who receive the Sacraments regularly.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD